One thing that I really want to do this year is show more of my personal photography. It’s always been here, but I hardly ever share it and the stories behind the images. My buddy Greg Molyneux, a south jersey landscape photographer does a great job at telling the stories behind his photos. There’s always a story behind a photo. Hopefully I can share some too. My interest in photography is what got me into woodworking in the first place.
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to get out to my local state forest, Bass River State Forest, which is New Jersey’s first state forest! I usually don’t “get” that many opportunities. Between working full time, raising two kids, owning a house, and running this small business, as you can imagine, I don’t get much free time for myself. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. I love my family, job and even housework. 🙂 When I don’t get time to go out for photos, I take photos of my kids, my lovely wife, or macro subjects right in my backyard. I was able to get because my wife was sick and home from work. I probably should have been caring for her, but instead I snuck out to “scope out some sledding locations <wink wink>…” I love walking around in the forest after a fresh snow storm. It totally alters the landscape that you’re used to. Creates new things to admire and depict. While out, I also got the opportunity to use a new vintage lens that I got, the Helios 44m-4 58mm f2. It’s not a great lens, but it’s special. It was built by a soviet company as a knock off to a much better lens. Hundreds of thousands were made. An imperfection with the lens ended up making it very popular. It creates a swirling effect in the out of focus areas of a photo taken with the lens. To some it may be annoying. To others it adds depth and makes a photo intriguing.
I love to mess around with my photos. I’ve always thought that it helps me to learn more about my craft to push things to their limit. I love shooting into the sun. Enjoy and I hope to share more of my photos throughout the year.